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Sep 7, 2019
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Quick overview of my current iOS music production setup.

Hardware

iPad Pro

Sends MIDI out over MeeBlip cubit go.

Kingston Nucleum USB C Hub

Supports charging. Is connected to:

  • Native Instruments sound card
  • MeeBlip cubit go

MeeBlip cubit go: USB MIDI interface

The best MIDI thru box with USB.

I send MIDI from Kawai VPC1 to the MIDI in. The iPad is connected to the USB port and receives the signal. It is then able route it back out to the 4 MIDI out ports, after going through a MIDI processor such as an argpeggiator.

MIDI thru boxes take the signal coming from a single MIDI source and split it into a number of identical copies. The signal can be split even further by utilizing MIDI channels. For example:

Vermona DRM
MIDI channel 10
Korg MS20 Mini
MIDI channel 1
Yamaha Reface CP
All channels (by default)

Instruments usually use 1-2 and drum machines use 10.

I had to upgrade from Kenton MIDI Thru 5. MeeBlip is just so much nicer, and is much better built.

PUC+ Wireless MIDI

PUC+ Wireless MIDI is nice when you want to get MIDI quickly up and running.

Software

AUM

AUM - the modular DAW. You can pick and choose what you like, even fundamental pieces like the sequencing and drum pads.

AUM is the host for all the apps below.

MIDI apps

Sound generators

For some reason, I’m never able to find my favourite software synth. It is something about presets that put me off. I guess I like instruments that cover a narrow timbre of sound. If I want something else, I would rather use standalone effect modules.

Sound modifiers and utilities

Effects

Vermona DRM1 MKIII

I use Xequence 2 to create drum pads. It’s the best MIDI sequencer I found so far. Super flexible. The other apps I found didn’t have enough notes (the DRM1 has 10 sounds). Most drum machines have 8 sounds for some reason.

With the PUC+ it is possible to send MIDI signals wirelessly from the iPad to the DRM1. I noticed some lag while using it.

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